Capital Report: 03-08-2016

Mar 8, 2016

Civil asset forfeiture changes are on their way to Governor Rick Scott.  Nick Evans reports the House approved the reform package today (Tuesday).

After a veto last year, Florida lawmakers have a family law proposal they hope will get past the governor’s pen. Regan McCarthy has more….

Since the 1970s, the hard on crime ethos has fueled the era of mass incarceration. Simultaneously, the country defunded public mental health services. A ballooning criminal justice system came in to fill that vacuum. As Kate Payne reports, now the Florida Legislature is poised to reform the way mental illness is handled in that system.

A bill to help provide closure for families impacted by the now-closed Dozier School for Boys is now headed to Governor Rick Scott. As Sascha Cordner reports, that’s the former North Florida reform school surrounded by allegations of abuse and deaths over a span of decades.

Floridians are heading to the polls in the run-up to the state’s March 15 Presidential Primary. Voters will decide who they want to be the Democratic and Republican Presidential Nominees. But this election cycle is turning out to be nothing like most watchers expected. And some voters are deeply conflicted on who to choose. Lynn Hatter reports on a third option—the blank ballot, or as some call it, the protest vote.